Olympic legends behind the lens to cover Lillehammer 2016
The Olympic Winter Games Lillehammer 1994 hold a special place in the hearts and minds of not only Olympic fans, but also of the photographers who captured the event in time – the beauty of the best winter athletes in the world in action set against a backdrop of the most stunning Norwegian winter landscapes.
For the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016, the temptation to return to this winter wonderland has attracted some of the world’s best sports photographers to cover the future generation of sporting greats. These award-winning photographers will be featured over the coming weeks, starting this week with Englishman Bob Martin…
Bob Martin is a multi-award-winning sports photographer specialising in shooting action, graphic and editorial pictures. During a career spanning 30 years, he has photographed every major sporting event, from the last 14 summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games to elephant polo and horse racing on ice. His work has taken him to the furthest corners of the world, and his photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Life, L’Equipe, The Sunday Times and The New York Times, to name a few. Bob's photography has been honoured by more than 60 national and international awards.
He is a three-time winner of the prestigious British Sports Photographer of the Year award and in 2005 claimed World Press Photo Sports Picture honours. “Many journalists feel, like me, that Lillehammer was the best Winter Olympics ever”, he said.
It was after the Lillehammer ’94 Games that he started to get regular assignments for Sports Illustrated, so it was an important springboard in his career.
“To be bringing a team of such exceptional world-renowned photographers to the Youth Olympics is very exciting”, he said. “We hope to be able to illustrate to the world the exuberance of the young Olympians competing in this iconic location. To have the possibility to capture again the extraordinary beauty of a Norwegian winter, featuring some of the best young athletes in the world, will be a privilege and a great creative opportunity.”
Bob will lead a team of highly acclaimed photographers, and images will be available for download on www.lillehammer2016.no and social media platforms.